Unlike the humanities degrees conferred at the baccalaureate level, almost all of the degrees counted here were classified by the conferring institution as being in “liberal arts” and “liberal studies” rather than specific humanities disciplines. For instance, of the 338,688 degrees tabulated as humanities for 2013, only 7,165 were conferred in a specific discipline (such as languages or history). Since associate’s degrees are conferred with half the number of credits required for a typical bachelor’s degree program, students are less likely to specialize in a specific subject area.
For the specific degree programs assigned to each academic field and the precise number of degrees awarded in each year, see the supporting table for this indicator.
For comparable information on bachelor’s degrees, see “Undergraduate Degrees in the Humanities.”
For degree completion trends at the graduate level, see “Advanced Degrees in the Humanities.”
Degree completion data for specific humanities disciplines are accessible via the right-hand sidebar on the higher education introduction page.
The Humanities Indicators and Departmental Survey have been made possible in part
by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the
Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this
website do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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